Magdalena: Why is December such a wonderful mixture of unadulterated insanity along with wonderful quality time spent with family? I love to just slowly take Christmas in if weekends allow for that instead of running around with insane people inside the mall. Online shopping had me almost completely covered this holiday season.
This weekend the gray weather was perfect for spending quality time inside, drinking red wine, cooking yummy things and enjoying lots of relaxing conversation with the fam. I found that I can’t get enough of root veggies and savory flavors as we enjoyed a broth soup over roasted potatoes and sautéed mushrooms. Filling and still light enough to leave room for plenty of the aforementioned wine both as an appetizer and dessert.
Pine-scented candles were lit to get that Christmas smell, the tree was sparkly, Ugg slippers were on and hot chocolate was consumed. I am SO looking forward to being a rolly polly old woman. Of course it helps that I am already half-way there.
Agatha: Oh Winter, you get me. I love when it gets cold enough to wear fur. I’m (not) sorry if that offends you — I just don’t do faux. I took the coyote stole from an old coat and put it on over my new favorite cocooon coat. Add a combo of my two favorite lip products and you’re all dressed up — one is new (Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain… this stuff is genius) and one is the oldest trick in the lip book (Aquaphor). So easy, so cozy. Then I took my furry self over to Brooklyn (ah, how things change) and had a cocktail (or two) at The Mayflower Social, headed next door for dinner at Aita and then brunched the next day at Walter’s. Damn, it was a tasty weekend. Now onto the holiday parties and cookie exchanges and pre-New Year catch-ups with friends in the week ahead. At this rate, I think I will start relaxing on Christmas Eve!
Inspired by the fashionistas roaming the streets of Lincoln Square during Fashion Week and all the resulting on-the-street fashion blog posts, I decided to do my own little style documentation. It felt a touch conceited, but as one of my favorite bloggers, Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere, said recently in a WSJ interview: “If I have an outfit that I think is particularly cute, I want to share that.” Amen sister. So I was feeling good about my look so why the heck not try it out? Photos courtesy of my lovely friend Sophie and the Camera+ app. xx
Pairing of some of my wardrobe stalwarts: Michael Kors coyote fur trim coat (massive character flaw… I don’t do faux), Zara black pleated crêpe skirt, Spanx opaque tights (hands down the best, well worth the $30), Calvin Klein Olive pumps (super comfortable gel sole)… more below.
Eddie Bauer chambray button-down, Kenneth Jay Lane oversize gold link chain necklace, DryBar ‘Straight Up’ blow-out (such a treat… the day I can afford a membership will be heaven) and to top it all off and stick to my promise of COLOR, I put on Nars lipstick in Heat Wave.
It’s barely even snowed properly, but I’m already feeling the warm-weather energy. And with the chicness factor at an all-time high in New York during Fashion Week, my springspiration is… (drum roll, please)… bright, bright colors.
I know, am I Captain Obvious or what? But for me, any brightness is not a given. Typically in the warmer months, I go for the Double N (Nautical and Neutrals), but lately I’ve been a seeing a lot of blondes who are expanding my fashion tastes. It’s hard to become a color daredevil overnight though, so here are the two ways I’m going to bring brights to my life when springtime arrives for real (not this weird half season we’ve got going on right now).
1. Strong, tangerine lip The inspiration for this comes from my coworker Jess. She’s a pale blonde comme moi and rocks the strong lip every frickin’ day of the week and I love it. This particular shade of tangerine (an orange/red/coral combo like Nars Heat Wave), so I’m going to give it a whirl. She gave me her secret for long wear, but I don’t think I can share her secrets just yet! [Photo is from Milly's runway show]
2. Bright building blocks My newest favorite blogging fashionista, Bee at Atlantic-Pacific, who gives me a severe case of fashion lebensneid, recently made brights more achievable for me by pairing them with other neutral colors and classic accessories. My lesson: brights don’t have to be done together in massive statements, just used as a building blocks, and toned down for colorphobes like myself with what I’ve already got going on in my closet. [And that Céline bag is to die for. Sigh.]
So bring on the brights! And Spring! This colorphobe is ready for the challenge.